Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: An Evening With Author Stephen G. Bloom: Making Sense Of The World

Wednesday February 15, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is "Language: How We Communicate." Award-winning journalist Stephen G. Bloom, the UM Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, will discuss how he communicates through non-fiction writing - including his December piece "Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life" in The Atlantic which set off a firestorm of controversy placing him in the national spotlight. Bloom will also discuss the role of journalists today, touching on the future of journalism and nonfiction writing.

Since 1993, Bloom has been on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, where he is Professor and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar.

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 2:

Monday February 6, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 2 of this UMS Night School series will feature discussions of the January performances of "Einstein on the Beach" and The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on two upcoming UMS Renegade events:

The Tallis Scholars, scheduled to perform on February 16 at St. Francis Of Assisi Church, have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world.

Random Dance, appearing February 18 at the Power Center, is famous for incorporating animation, digital film, 3-D architecture, electronic sound, and virtual dancers into the live choreography.

This series is hosted by Prof. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

826michigan Hosts Writing Workshop with Author V.V. Ganeshananthan


Are you a fiction writer? Have you ever wondered about the writing techniques of a journalist? Well, now is your chance to get your questions about journalism answered! 826michigan’s “How to Write Like I Do” writing workshops presents: The Reported Imagination: Journalism Techniques for Fiction Writers. Heading up this workshop is none other than V.V. Ganeshananthan, Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and author of the critically acclaimed 2008 novel, Love Marriage. Topics of discussion will include how fiction writers can use journalism techniques, such as interviewing and arduous editing, in their craft.

This fun event is for adults only, and takes place on Saturday, February 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 826michigan. Participants will be treated to Zingerman’s coffee and pastries.

Cost for this event is $25 per participant. However, 826Michigan is running a Bring-a-Friend special that allows you to purchase two tickets for $40! All proceeds from the event go to support 826michigan’s free creative writing program for youth ages 6-18 in Washtenaw County. So, get out your pen and paper or computer, and come join V.V. Ganeshananthan in a discussion about incorporating journalism techniques in your fiction writing!

Date: February 4, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: 826michigan
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost: $25 for 1 person
$40 for 2 people (the Bring-a-Friend special)
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

Bright Nights Community Forum - Mood, Food, And Attitude: Metabolic Syndrome In Depression With The UM Depression Center

Tuesday January 24, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn about the connection between physical and mental health during this talk about the correlation between metabolic syndrome and depression.

Metabolic syndrome encompasses conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in the blood, and abdominal obesity - and place an individual at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Individuals with metabolic syndrome are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and tension, and those who are depressed, anxious, and stressed are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome.

The UM Depression Center will present this Bright Nights Community Forum. Dr. Gregory Dalack, Chair of the U-M Department of Psychiatry, will present a brief overview describing the relationship between metabolic syndrome and depression. Dr. Amy Kilbourne, Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry, will then describe innovative interventions to help improve both conditions. A panel discussion will follow.

UMS Night School: Explore RENEGADE - Session 1: "Einstein On The Beach" & Hamburg Symphony Orchestra

Monday January 9, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UM's University Musical Society has scheduled a musical series titled "Renegade" for this season. The series focuses on thought-leaders and game-changers in the performing arts. The AADL is hosting three sessions of UMS Night School that will examine the musical pieces featured in the "Renegade" program.

This Session 1 of UMS Night School will focus on the upcoming "Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts" and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra's version of Messiaen's "From the Canyons to the Stars."

Participants will be provided a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw the audience into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy.

This session will be hosted by Prof. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

UMS Book Discussion for Teachers * Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

University of Michigan Musical Society has one of the largest K-12 education initiatives in the State of Michigan, dedicated to making world-class performance opportunities and professional development activities available to educators and students. Tuesday, November 29, 4:30 -6:30 pm the group will be discussing, Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Written by Chip and Dan Heath this book is a look at how we can improve our chances of getting worthwhile ideas to stick. Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.”
Call UMS 734-615-0122 or email UMSYOUTH@UMICH.EDU to register.
Event will take place in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room.

AADL Talks To Jim Toy and Jackie Simpson

November 18 marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center, making it the oldest LGBT student organization in the country. I spoke with Jackie Simpson, the director of the Spectrum Center, and Jim Toy, one of the two people who founded the organization in 1971. Jackie and Jim talked about the beginning of the organization, its history and ongoing development, and the challenges and joys of the center today. Make sure to visit the Spectrum Center’s website to check out all the great events planned for the anniversary weekend!

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Bright Nights Community Forum: Partnering for Research: The Search for New Knowledge in Mental Health Treatment

Tuesday November 15, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working hard to unlock answers and improve treatment options for mental health conditions, but they can't do it alone. Participants play a vital role in finding better ways to treat depression and other conditions by taking part in research studies. With knowledge gained from research studies, treatment for mental health conditions will continue to improve.

Join us as the U-M Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry present this Bright Nights Community Forum. Dr. Patricia Deldin, professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the U-M and Associate Director of the U-M Depression Center, will present a brief overview describing the process of mental health research. This will be followed by a panel discussion with faculty members from the Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry, as well as community members involved with research.

UMS Panel Discussion: Why Renegade?

Monday November 14, 2011: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Renegade: a rebel, someone who breaks with customs - and the idea behind the University Musical Society's 10-week, 10-performance winter series focusing on innovation and experimentation in the performing arts. This focus examines thought-leaders and game-changers in the performing arts and includes performances that are part of the UMS International Theater Series, Choral Union Series, Divine Voices, Dance Series, and the Chamber Arts Series.

But why are renegades so important to the arts? Join us as UMS Artistic Programming Director Michael Kondziolka and a panel of special guests lead a conversation about the significance of artistic renegades and UMS's important "Renegade" series. This event is co-sponsored by the University Musical Society and the U-M Institute for the Humanities.

The Essential Samuel Beckett With Theater Historian And Beckett Specialist Enoch Brater

Tuesday October 25, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Theater historian and Samuel Beckett specialist Enoch Brater presents an overview of the life and works of playwright Samuel Beckett, his influence upon modern theater, and the landmark productions of Beckett's works staged by the Gate Theatre of Dublin. This event is co-sponsored by the University Musical Society and the U-M Department of English Language and Literature.

Ireland's acclaimed Gate Theatre is largely considered the leading interpreter of the great Irish modernist writer, playwright, and humorist Samuel Beckett in the world and this event is held in conjunction with University Musical Society's double-bill of two one-act Beckett plays ("Endgame" and "Watt") performed by the Gate Theatre Of Dublin and at the Power Center Oct. 27 - 29.

Never exactly mainstream, Beckett is nonetheless considered one of the most important European writers of the 20th century for his influence on modern literature and for his ability to impress shock and confound.

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